and Old-Time Mountain Music
|Keith Whitley, Ralph, Roy Lee Centers|
Country Gentlemen Festival 1972,
Indian Ranch in Webster, Massachusetts
|Ralph Stanley and wife, Jimmi|
Ralph loved his family, he loved his music, he loved his farm and animals. Ralph was always happy to just sit and talk over a good meal... and with anyone who cared to set with him. He spent many afternoons in his rocking chair talking with locals on the porch of the Ralph Stanley Museum in Dickenson County, Virginia.
History, especially our Bluegrass Music history, has been carved-out by several iconic and innovative natural talents. Those being, of course, the founder Bill Monroe; followed by The Stanley Brothers and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. But, to me, Ralph stood apart from these others -- both for his music and for the human being he was.
With the departure of Ralph, the iconic figures who were Bluegrass music's pioneers have now all passed. It's hard to watch history leave us. I've been playing Ralph and Carter's "Old Time Mountain Music" (as Ralph described it) ever since I got the call on Thursday night.